Five quirky facts about this year’s Oscars

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We’ve had the Golden Globes, we’ve had the Baftas, but now the film industry is gearing up for its biggest night of the year – the Oscars. The stars are gathering in Los Angeles for the 91st Academy Awards, which take place at the Dolby theatre this Sunday evening. ‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead the way this year, with 10 nominations each.

While Alfonso Cuaron orders a new trophy cabinet, we’ve taken a look at some of the more unusual things we’ve spotted this year. Here are 5 quirky facts to store for your next pub quiz.

1. Lady Gaga took her stage name from the Queen song Radio Gaga, as she said she “adored” the band. But more than a decade after shooting to fame, she finds herself effectively up against them. Her movie ‘A Star Is Born’ faces competition in the best picture category from Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

2. This is the third time that Amy Adams and Christian Bale have starred in a film together and both received Oscar nominations for it.

3. Mahershala Ali is the favorite to win best supporting actor this year, for his role in ‘Green Book’. He won the same award two years ago, for his performance in ‘Moonlight’. If he takes home the prize again this year, it’ll be the quickest an actor has won the same Oscar twice since Tom Hanks, who won best actor in 1993 for ‘Forrest Gump’ and 1994 for ‘Philadelphia’.

5. Glenn Close currently holds the dubious title of actress with the most Oscar nominations to her name without a win. That’s highly likely to change this year – as she’s the favorite for best actress for her role in ‘The Wife’.

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